Glasgow Museums Will Repatriate 17 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Museums in Glasgow will restitute 17 Benin bronzes, seven Indian artifacts, and 25 Lakota items — some of them seized from the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee mosque in South Dakota — to their communities of origin, the Glasgow City Council announced last week. The return represents “the largest-ever repatriation of cultural artefacts from … Read more

Antiquities Expert Calls on Getty Museum to Repatriate Ancient Artwork

Unknown, “Fresco Fragment: Woman on a Balcony” (10 BCE–CE 14), fresco, 23 5/8 x 17 13/16 x 1 3/16 inches, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California , Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (via J. Paul Getty Museum) Over the past two decades, Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis has identified upwards of 1,500 looted … Read more

Smithsonian Announces Landmark Decision to Repatriate Benin Bronzes

Edo artist/Benin kingdom court style, bracelet, 17th-18th century, copper alloy, gilt traces. Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Collection of Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (all images courtesy the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art) The Smithsonian Institution announced yesterday its decision to repatriate the majority of … Read more